English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Course Name: English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

CRICOS Code: 113988M

Duration: 10 weeks or 20 weeks

Each week there are 20 face-to-face contact hours, with additional homework given for each day of class.


Day Class: 9.00 am – 2.30 pm (Monday to Friday)

Evening Class: 3.30 pm – 9.00 pm (Monday to Friday)

Course Level: EAP Foundation (10 weeks) and EAP Advanced (10 weeks)

The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course prepares students for further study in an academic setting while also improving their underlying proficiency in English. After completing the course, students may seek to continue their study in foundation studies programs, universities or other tertiary education institutions. The course integrates the four macro skills of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, as well as Grammar, Vocabulary, and Academic Skills.

The course incorporates themes relevant to a variety of higher education courses so that students are exposed to materials and tasks similar to those they will find in English-medium higher education institutions. The classes seek to give students an understanding of academic culture in English speaking institutions. The course also recognizes that students may have a range of learning styles which need to be catered for using a variety of teaching methods.

During the course, students are required to complete assignments and situations that are similar to those that they will encounter in higher education. The course caters for different learning styles and takes place in a cross-cultural environment which encourages students to draw on their experiences and express their individuality.

Entry Requirements

Before commencing classes in the EAP course, students need to have either completed Upper Intermediate in the General English course or be able to otherwise prove a B1 proficiency in English. If students have not completed Upper Intermediate, they can present a recognised test score to gain direct entry to a course. If they have a B1 level equivalent in a well-recognised English test, including IELTS, PTE Academic, TOEFL, or Cambridge, they will also be able to enter the course. 

Students may also seek to transfer to English for Academic Purposes from the First Certificate English. In most cases students will be able to transfer to the equivalent class because the entry requirements for both courses are the same. However, students need to speak to the Director of Studies about their study plan and get approval before changing. Students also need to consider whether a change in course will affect their pathway if they are on one. 

Students can enter in either Week 1 or Week 6 of the cycle. Monday or the first teaching day of the week in any week of the year, except for the two weeks over Christmas/New Year. The minimum enrolment period is five weeks. 

Course Timetable

Day Classes

9:00am – 11:45amCore TextbookCore TextbookCore TextbookCore TextbookFormative Listening, Formative Reading and Tutorial Speaking
12:15pm – 2:30pmCore TextbookCore TextbookCore TextbookFormative WritingWeekly Test / Freer Speaking

Evening Classes

3:30pm – 6:30pmCore TextbookCore TextbookCore TextbookCore TextbookFormative Listening, Formative Reading and Tutorial Speaking
7:00pm – 9:00pmCore TextbookCore TextbookCore TextbookFormative WritingWeekly Test / Freer Speaking